The bill, Senate File 2218, was unanimously approved Thursday. The bill is “an act relating to school bus safety, including providing penalties for failure to obey school bus warning lamps and stop signal arms, providing for a school bus safety study and administrative remedies, and making an appropriation.”
The current fine is $200 for the infraction. The new penalty would be, on first offense, “the person is guilty of a simple misdemeanor punishable by a fine of at least two hundred fifty dollars but not more than six hundred seventy-five dollars or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or by both.”
The bill was brought forward in reaction to the death a 7 year-old Kensett girl last year, Kadyn Halvorson.
Watch a video reaction from Kadyn’s mother, Kari, after the Senate vote: